SV Grödig vs. FC Pinzgau Saalfelden Preview
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 3: SV Grödig vs. FC Pinzgau Saalfelden
August 18 2020 (19:00 CET), Das.Goldberg-Stadion
SV Grödig became a household name in Austrian football after gaining promotion to the Bundesliga in 2012/13. They finished third – ahead of the likes of Austria Vienna and Sturm Graz – in a stellar debut top-flight campaign under current Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter and even qualified for the Europa League preliminaries, although they were ultimately eliminated on away goals in the third round by FC Zimbru Chișinău of Moldova.
Hütter subsequently joined perennial champions Salzburg. Without him, Grödig finished a lowly eighth the following season and were then relegated from the top division in 2015/16. But rather than playing in the second tier, they opted to forego their professional license for financial reasons and continued playing in the regional leagues. Grödig were seventh in the Salzburg Regional League last term before the season was cut short by the coronavirus.
FCPS head coach Christian Ziege has no new personnel concerns ahead of the 37-kilometer trip north-east, although he is still without the injured trio of Simon Ollert, Raphael Streitwieser and Michael Viehhauser.
SVG counterpart Heimo Pfeifenberger will be without defender Niklas Preslmayr and midfielder Felix Hebesberger, who are both suspended after being sent off at the weekend.
No fewer than six of the FCPS squad – Lukas Schubert, Michael Viehhauser, Alessandro Ziege, Niklas Seiler, Raphael Streitwieser and Hannes Dürnberger – used to play for Grödig.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden claimed a comfortable 3-1 victory over SV Wals-Grünau on the opening day of the season, but their Matchday 2 clash with SV Austria Salzburg ended in defeat. The Mountainous Pine Blues were beaten 2-0 in front of 500 fans at the Saalfelden Arena.
SV Grödig are one of only two clubs in the Salzburg Regional League – the other being Wals-Grünau – that are yet to pick up a point this term: Heimo Pfeifenberger’s charges have lost 3-1 and 4-3 to Austria Salzburg and Seekirchen respectively.
Historically, Grödig have tended to dominate matches between the two clubs. The Mountainous Pine Blues have lost six, drawn three and won only two of their 11 meetings with SVG. Last season’s clash in Grödig ended 1-1, but FCPS won the return fixture in Saalfelden 1-0.